2016–17 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 4th Pacific
Conference 7th Western
2016–17 record 45–33–4
Home record 24–17–0
Road record 21–16–4
Goals for 226
Goals against 221
General Manager Brad Treliving
Coach Glen Gulutzan
Captain Mark Giordano
Alternate captains Troy Brouwer
Sean Monahan
Arena Scotiabank Saddledome
Average attendance 18,727 (97.1%)
Team Leaders
Goals Sean Monahan (27)
Assists Johnny Gaudreau (43)
Points Johnny Gaudreau (61)
Penalties in minutes Matthew Tkachuk (105)
Wins Brian Elliott (26)
Goals against average Jon Gillies (1.00)
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The 2016–17 Calgary Flames season was their 37th season in Calgary, and the 45th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 6, 1972.[1]


After a season of high expectations from the 2014–15 season for the Flames, those results did not carry over into the 2015–16 season. The team finished with only 77 points and failed to qualify for the 2016 NHL Playoffs. To start with, Bob Hartley was let go, and Glen Gulutzan was brought in as the new coach. The biggest question the Flames faced in the off-season was acquiring a proven number one goalie. Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo, and Joni Ortio all combined for a save percentage of .892 and goals against of 3.13, an NHL-worst in the 2015–16 season. General manager Brad Treliving addressed this need by acquiring veteran Brian Elliott on June 24, 2016, in a deal on the sidelines of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. On the draft's opening day the Flames got top prospect Matthew Tkachuk as the 6th overall pick of the Draft. On July 1, 2016, the Flames made significant acquisitions by signing power forward Troy Brouwer and journeyman goaltender Chad Johnson. Several other players such as Alex Chiasson and Linden Vey were also brought in. The next biggest task Treliving faced was signing rising stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to contracts. On August 19, 2016, Monahan and the Flames agreed to a 7-year deal worth $44.625 million.[citation needed] On October 10, 2016, two days before the start of the regular season, Gaudreau and the Flames agreed to a 6-year deal worth $40.5 million.[2] Gaudreau will be tied with defenceman and 2016–17 captain Mark Giordano as the highest-paid Flames player.

Regular seasonEdit

October – December Edit

The Flames open their season with their first two losses 7-4 and 5-3 to their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. The team was expected to have an improved save percentage with Brian Eliott. However, they had a rough time with their No. 1 goaltender Brian Elliott which led them being placed outside of playoff picture promoting them to switch to their backup goaltender Chad Johnson. Chad Johnson was proved to be a better goaltender than Brian Eliott for about a month. They had a six-game winning streak from November 30 to December 14 which elevated them back into playoff position. After their six-game winning streak ended with a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3, the starting goaltender position slowly shifted back to Brian Elliott.

January – April Edit

The Flames continued to maintain their position in the playoff spot. They struggled the rest of the month, but they continued to keep pace in the conference standings. Even on February 25, 2017, the Flames still held the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

With their win over the New York Islanders on March 5, the Flames surpassed their total number of wins – 35 – of the 2015–16 season.[3]

With their win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 11, the Flames surpassed their franchise-long winning streak while based in the city of Calgary, at 9 consecutive games.[4] Goalie Brian Elliott also recorded his second shutout in a row. The Flames tied their all-time franchise winning streak of 10 games with a shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 13. The Atlanta Flames won 10 straight from October 14 to November 3, 1978.[5] The streak would end with their next game on March 15, being outscored by the Boston Bruins 5–2. Though Chad Johnson started in net due to Brian Elliott waking up that morning with the flu, coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters that no individual player was responsible for the loss to the Bruins and the end of the streak.[6]

On March 20, Brian Elliott was named the NHL's 3rd Star of the Week for the week of March 20 to the 26th.[7] From February 20 – March 20, Elliott recorded a career-best winning streak of 11 games, featuring back-to-back shutouts on March 9 and 11. In addition during the streak, Elliott also tied the longest winning streak for a Flames game-starting goalie, an 11-game record set by the legendary Mike Vernon from January 17 to February 27, 1989.[8]

Forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended by the NHL for two games (on March 21 and March 23) due to Tkachuk's elbow purposely hitting the head of the L.A. Kings' Drew Doughty in the Flames' win on March 19.[9]

In the Flames' 3–2 win over the St. Louis Blues on March 25, centreman and alternate captain Sean Monahan broke Jarome Iginla's franchise regular-season overtime winning goal record with Monahan's seventh career regular-season 5-minute overtime period goal.[10]

With a win against the San Jose Sharks on March 31, the Flames clinched a playoff berth, their first postseason appearance since the 2014–15 season and only their second playoff appearance in the last eight seasons.[11]


Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit


Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 game log[13]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)


2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit


Final stats

Regular season[14]
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau 72184361−74
Monahan, SeanSean Monahan 82273158−120
Backlund, MikaelMikael Backlund 81223153936
Hamilton, DougieDougie Hamilton 811337501264
Tkachuk, MatthewMatthew Tkachuk 7613354814105
Frolik, MichaelMichael Frolik 821727441358
Giordano, MarkMark Giordano 811227392259
Versteeg, KrisKris Versteeg 69152237–346
Brodie, T. J.T. J. Brodie 8263036−1624
Bennett, SamSam Bennett 81131326–1675
Ferland, MichealMicheal Ferland 76151025–150
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 74131225–1131
Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson 81121224–646
Stajan, MattMatt Stajan 8161723340
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 5751318–632
Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland 8141216285
Bouma, LanceLance Bouma 61347–235
Stone, MichaelMichael Stone


Jokipakka, JyrkiJyrki Jokipakka


Hathaway, GarnetGarnet Hathaway 26145044
Lazar, CurtisCurtis Lazar


Kulak, BrettBrett Kulak 21033–312
Hamilton, FreddieFreddie Hamilton 26202–38
Bartkowski, MattMatt Bartkowski


Shinkaruk, HunterHunter Shinkaruk 7011–32
Jankowski, MarkMark Jankowski 100000
Andersson, RasmusRasmus Andersson 1000−10
Grossmann, NicklasNicklas Grossmann 3000−42
Vey, LindenLinden Vey 4000–20
Wotherspoon, TylerTyler Wotherspoon 4000−20

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Monahan, SeanSean Monahan 4415−40
Versteeg, KrisKris Versteeg 4134–24
Brodie, T. J.T. J. Brodie 4044−12
Backlund, MikaelMikael Backlund 4123−30
Bennett, SamSam Bennett 4202–14
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 4022–10
Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau 4022−40
Stone, MichaelMichael Stone 4101−10
Giordano, MarkMark Giordano 4011−22
Frolik, MichaelMichael Frolik 4011−20
Hamilton, DougieDougie Hamilton 4011−38
Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland 4000−32
Bartkowski, MattMatt Bartkowski 4000–50
Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson 4000–12
Ferland, MichealMicheal Ferland 4000–47
Tkachuk, MatthewMatthew Tkachuk 4000−24
Stajan, MattMatt Stajan 3000−10
Bouma, LanceLance Bouma 3000–12
Hamilton, FreddieFreddie Hamilton 100000
Lazar, CurtisCurtis Lazar 100000


Final stats

Regular season[16]
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 49 45 2844:25 26 18 3 121 2.55 1,338 .910 2 0 0 4
Johnson, ChadChad Johnson 36 36 2013:12 18 15 1 87 2.59 969 .910 3 0 0 0
Gillies, JonJon Gillies 1 1 60:00 1 0 0 1 1.00 28 .964 0 0 0 0
Rittich, DavidDavid Rittich 1 0 20:00 0 0 0 1 3.00 10 .900 0 0 0 0
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 4 4 185:20 0 3 12 3.89 100 .880 0 0 0 0
Johnson, ChadChad Johnson 1 0 51:50 0 1 1 1.15 21 .952 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another organization before joining Flames. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.


Awards and honoursEdit


Player Award Awarded Ref.
Johnny Gaudreau NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2017 [17]
Johnny Gaudreau NHL 3rd Star of the Week (Feb. 27 – Mar. 5) February 27, 2017 [18]
Brian Elliott NHL 3rd Star of the Week (Mar. 20 – Mar. 26) March 20, 2017 [7]


Player Milestone Reached Ref
Matthew Tkachuk 1st NHL game October 12, 2016 [19]
Brett Kulak 1st NHL point (assist) October 18, 2016 [20]
Matthew Tkachuk 1st NHL goal October 18, 2016 [20]
Garnet Hathaway 1st NHL goal November 20, 2016 [21]
Sean Monahan 100th NHL goal February 23, 2017 [22]
Johnny Gaudreau 200th NHL point March 27, 2017 [23]
Jon Gillies 1st NHL start
1st NHL win
April 6, 2017 [24]




February 20, 2017 To Calgary Flames
Michael Stone
To Arizona Coyotes
3rd-round pick in 2017
conditional 5th-round pick in 2018
June 17, 2017 To Calgary Flames
Mike Smith
To Arizona Coyotes
Chad Johnson
Brandon Hickey
conditional 2nd-round pick in 2018 or
     3rd-round pick in 2018

Free agents acquiredEdit

Free agents lostEdit

Claimed via waiversEdit

Lost via waiversEdit

Player signingsEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Calgary Flames draft picks

Below are the Calgary Flames' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 24–25, 2016, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 6 Matthew Tkachuk LW Flag of the United States United States London Knights (Ontario Hockey League)
2 54[a] Tyler Parsons G Flag of the United States United States London Knights (OHL)
2 56[b] Dillon Dube C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
3 66 Adam Fox D Flag of the United States United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 96 Linus Lindstrom C Flag of Sweden Sweden Skelleftea AIK (SHL)
5 126 Mitchell Mattson C Flag of the United States United States Grand Rapids Thunderhawks (US-MN HS)
6 156 Eetu Tuulola RW Flag of Finland Finland HPK (Liiga)
6 166[c] Matthew Phillips C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Royals (WHL)
7 186 Stepan Falkovsky D Flag of Belarus Belarus Ottawa 67's (OHL)
The Florida Panthers' second-round pick went to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on February 27, 2016, that sent Jiri Hudler to Florida in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and this pick.[28]
The Dallas Stars' second-round pick went the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on February 29, 2016, that sent Kris Russell to Dallas in exchange for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and this pick (being conditional at time of the trade).[29] The condition – Calgary will receive a second-round pick in 2016 if Dallas fails to qualify for the 2016 Western Conference Final[29] – was converted on May 11, 2016.
The Minnesota Wild's sixth-round pick went to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on February 29, 2016, that sent David Jones to Minnesota in exchange for Niklas Backstrom and this pick.[30]


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